By John Garcia Jr., BamaMag.com:
Taking advantage of spring break, Florida offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux made an SEC swing of trips through Mississippi and Alabama over the last several days, and it included a stop in Tuscaloosa. The coveted rising-senior was the sole prospect in town Sunday, and left with the Crimson Tide in his top group. Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore standout offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux is among the most well-traveled recruits in the class of 2016, but there was a national power in the south he hadn’t yet seen heading into the weekend — Alabama. Upon learning of his Crimson Tide offer in February, the rising-senior called the extension “probably the biggest offer you could get.”
By Alex Scarborough, ESPN:
Shortly after Alabama coach Nick Saban addressed the dismissal of defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor, running back Kenyan Drake met with the media. It was the first time Drake had spoken publicly since the injury that robbed him of the final nine games of his junior season. It should have been a chance to gladly tell of his ongoing comeback from a broken leg, but when Drake came into the media room on Monday, he was stoic, somber even. It was especially painful because, as he said, he was friends with both Taylor and Geno Smith, who was arrested for his second DUI over the weekend.
By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
“Tyren Jones was indefinitely suspended from the football program early in the semester,” Nick Saban said Tuesday. “He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program. He was dismissed from the team when he refused to follow the parameters given to him for reinstatement.”
By Charlie Potter, 247sports.com:
The news broke over the weekend that Alabama rising sophomore wide receiver Cameron Sims sustained an ACL injury in the Crimson Tide’s Saturday spring practice. And on Monday, head coach Nick Saban announced that Sims will “be out for a while” and will need surgery. That news was unsettling to rising senior running back Kenyan Drake, who missed the majority of the 2014 season after sustaining a broken leg against Ole Miss.
By Alex Byington, Decatur Daily:
While the punishment for Jonathan Taylor was a swift dismissal, Nick Saban isn’t so quick to discard Alabama’s other recently arrested player. Despite a second arrest in the past 20 months for driving under the influence, Alabama senior defensive back Geno Smith will remain on the team with the opportunity to see the field this fall, so long as he meets an unspecified list of conditions. Smith, who was expected to compete for the starting free safety spot, was picked up for a DUI early Saturday — his second DUI arrest since August 2013 — and spent much of Saturday in jail before being released on $1,000 bail, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office website.
By Andy Johnston, ajc.com:
Alabama is short on receivers. Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and DeAndrew White are gone and returner Cam Sims is now out after tearing his ACL during an eventful weekend in Tuscaloosa that included former UGA defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor’s dismissal and former St. Pius star Geno Smith’s second DUI arrest. So former Hillgrove star Kenyan Drake is getting looks at receiver, which would help offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to put both Drake and RB Derrick Henry on the field at the same time. “Derrick Henry and him both are pretty dynamic players for us that are really good playmakers so we’re going to explore every way possible that we can get those guys the ball,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com.
BOL sfaff members Travis Reier and Charlie Potter recap a forgettable weekend for the Alabama football program and the Crimson Tide’s search for a new men’s basketball coach. Travis Reier: In my 12 years around the program, I’m not sure I can recall a 24-hour news cycle like the one UA football went through over the weekend. Certainly not during spring drills. I guess we should go through it all in chronological order. First, word spread early Saturday morning of senior safety Geno Smith being charged with DUI. It marked the second time he’s been arrested on DUI charges during his time at Alabama.
By Greg Ostendorf, ESPN:
Talk about a rough weekend for Nick Saban and Alabama. Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was arrested on domestic violence charges and dismissed from the team. Safety Geno Smith was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. And now it looks like the Crimson Tide will be without sophomore wide receiver Cam Sims for the foreseeable future.
By Vasha Hunt, al.com:
Alabama beat reporters Matt Zenitz and Michael Casagrande discuss the dismissal of Jonathan Taylor (and Geno Smith’s suspension) after hearing from Nick Saban following day six of spring football practice in Tuscaloosa Monday. Nick Saban’s apology, along with his refusal to say it was the wrong thing to do, are points of discussion.